Well said, Chris Kronner of KronnerBurger (home of the burger accompanied by roasted bone marrow). I have yet to try your burger.It is difficult to say when and if the real estate market appreciation is going to slow down in the Bay Area. In Alameda county alone, there has been 12.7% appreciation year over year from May 2014 to May 2015.Oakland has big plans for construction at the Brooklyn Basin – the first set of condos will be completed in 2017. 2017 will come before we know it. I am curious to see how that development will impact its surrounding neighborhoods.

Regardless of the above happenings in our local market, a majority of Americans still believe that real estate provides a future and path to wealth.

Enjoy the middle of your summer!Melody Yip – East Bay Realtor  “Connecting Heart With Home”Alain Pinel Realtors License # 01970144

Homeownership? Most Americans Still Say Count Me In

Lorraine Woellert, RedFin Blog

Americans still believe in home ownership. 70% of renters want to own, 56% believe it is a way to build wealth.

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3 Competitive Moves For Homebuyers

In this seller’s market where often times seller are receiving multiple offers. It is necessary to be strategic when making a bid. Connect with the seller’s priorities. Make your loan a non-event. Get competitive with pricing.

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Alameda County vs. Bay Area Appreciation

Alameda County overall appreciation from May 2014 to 2015 year over year has gone up 12.7% with the median price at $650,000. Overall Bay Area appreciation growth for this same period is 5% with the median price at $650,000.

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Brooklyn Basin – Oakland’s Largest Development.

Have you heard of Oakland’s largest upcoming development? Brooklyn Basin is the waterfront adjacent to Jack London Square to be completed in 2019 spanning 62 acres. The plan is to build 3,100 units of leased and owned units with public and 200,000 square feet of retail space. The first condos are set to be completed by 2017. Stay tuned – I’ll keep you posted.

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Monthly Picks: Coffee(s) Meet Bagel

Left: Chop Bar Coffee Window (Jack London Square)
This take-out coffee window features coffee that is roasted by the Oakland coffee roasted company – Roast Co. Be sure to order some coffee with warm fruit muffins that are made in house. I fancy the express experience and head a few blocks to the Jack London waterfront as a peaceful Sunday morning ritual.

Right: Blue Bottle On Broadway (Lower Temescal)

This elegant corner Blue Bottle location has lofty ceilings and is located in the 1920s W.C. Morse Building – a former truck showroom at the end of Oakland’s auto row. Its conscious omission of wifi breaks the mold and encourages one to enjoy artisanal coffee while emerged in thoughts.

Left: Haddon Hill Cafe (Haddon Hill)
A neighborhood cafe nestled in Haddon Hill (a community just east of Lake Merritt) — Haddon Hill Cafe is where you can get your fancy Four Barrel drip coffee while getting a sip of the local community buzzing in and around.
Right: Beauty’s Bagel Shop (Temescal)
These are wood fired Montreal-styled bagels. Enjoy these textured bagels with smear or a multitude of fancy fixings. According to Yelp, the East Coast transplants give it much applause. Oh yeah, they serve coffee too.


Thank you Brian Cheek for the opportunity you have given me to join a stellar team. Congrats Kerry and Travis on your new home! Thank you Sandy Spring for partnering with me on a smooth escrow. Urban Ore and Omega Salvage – thank you for carrying 34 inch width single/double panel doors.

Thank you Malcolm Gladwell for writing the book Outliers. It has forever changed my understanding of success. Thank you Heather and Tubs for introducing Phil and me to “Grocery Cafe”!

If you or someone you know are looking for a thoughtful, responsive realtor in the East Bay – please do not hesitate to contact me! Referrals are the heart of soul of my business!

Photo credits:

Homeownership? Most Americans Still Say Count Me In http://www.si.edu/encyclopedia_si/nmah/flag.htm

Three Competitive Moves For Home Buyers http://weissesrauschen.tumblr.com/post/11813985829

Alameda County vs Bay Area Appreciation https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flags_of_counties_of_the_United_States

Brooklyn Basin – Oakland’s Largest Development http://www.urbanmodernhomes.com/brooklyn-basin-oaklands-new-waterfront-development/

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